Let’s hear it for Castlegar! Council votes to adopt 100% Renewable Energy Plan

Let’s start off this week with some good news, Castlegar City Council just voted unanimously to pass your 100% Renewable Energy Plan! Castlegar joins Kalso, Warfield, and Rossland as the first municipalities across the West Kootenays to officially adopt the plan. You are leading the way to a 100% renewable energy future. How are you celebrating this huge moment? You might have heard me cheering…

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It Won’t Be Easy- but together we can do anything

  By Kade Moroney, Community Organizer I have been working at the West Kootenay EcoSociety for about 3 months now, and it has been amazing to have the opportunity to continue my work in social and environmental justice in a new capacity. Before being hired as a Community Organizer, I was working as a mental health worker on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ…

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Something to Celebrate! Rossland adopts Renewable Energy Plan

Let’s take this moment to celebrate, Rossland City Council just voted to pass your 100% renewable energy plan! They are the third local government to adopt the 100% renewable energy plan that they have been collaborating on with eight other West Kootenay local governments and West Kootenay EcoSociety. The renewable energy plan aims to save people money, make Rossland healthier and safer, support…

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Enjoy the 100 Acre Wood Trail All Year Round!

I had an hour long drive ahead of me to the 100 Acre Wood old growth forest trail and it was the perfect opportunity to listen to the reading of a recent New York Times story The Social Life of Forests by Ferris Jabr. This fascinating story speaks to the connectivity of all plant life in a forest via underground fungal root networks, or mycelium. I touched on this briefly in another trail story…

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Let’s hear it for Warfield! Village Council adopts 100% Renewable Energy Plan

Let’s hear it for Warfield! Village council just voted to adopt your 100% Renewable Energy Plan! Warfield is the second local government to adopt the 100% renewable energy plan that they have been collaborating on with eight other West Kootenay local governments and West Kootenay EcoSociety. It’s time to celebrate! For me, that means it is time to put on my favourite Christmas album, make a hot…

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Something to Celebrate! Kaslo adopts Renewable Energy Plan

Let’s take this moment to celebrate: Kaslo village council just voted to pass your 100% Renewable Energy Plan! Kaslo is the first community in the West Kootenays to officially adopt the plan. Following up on the Village of Kaslo’s 2019 commitment to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 and to collaborate with other local governments, community stakeholders, and experts in the region to…

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Let’s celebrate – final Renewable Energy plan is out!

After years of dedicated hard work, we have a final West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan to celebrate! There is no way this would have been possible without the ongoing support of you, the people who dare to dream that a better way of doing things is possible. We are well on our way to the future we all deserve, and that is something to be proud of.  Today I want to say thank you. Thank you…

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Davis Creek – A true grind leading to a truly spectacular old growth forest

It’s getting later in the hiking season but we were able to sneak in one more old growth forest hike on a brisk, damp and grey fall day. My hiking partner and co-worker, Laura, met me in Kaslo and we carpooled in Kootenay Carshare’s (electric!) Hyundai Kona to Davis Creek. This EV is a two-wheel drive but with higher clearance and the carshare program allows for light off-road use. It was a fun…

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EcoSociety’s non-profit of the year award belongs to our team of volunteers

Photo: Our Organizing Director Natasha accepting the award, image provided by Trail Chamber of Commerce The Trail and District Chamber of Commerce has just released its 2020 Business Excellence Awards and here at the West Kootenay EcoSociety, we are honoured to be Non-Profit of the Year. This award belongs to the amazing team of EcoSociety volunteers, who have been working hard all year and…

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Kokanee Old Growth Forest Trail – An Unprotected Gem

The rain was steady but light as my coworker, Laura, and I drove the 11 kilometre gravel road to the Kokanee Old Growth Forest Trail. The road is well marked from Highway 3A and the left turn (if coming from Nelson) is shortly after the Kokanee Creek bridge. A high clearance vehicle is recommended but the road is maintained and a 2WD would make it to the trailhead. A sign and large boulder mark…

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